Prague to build expansive new water sports center in Troja

The existing canoe slalom course for athletes on the Vltava river will be expanded with new amenities for the general public. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 20.08.2023 12:23:00 (updated on 20.08.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

Prague's city council has given the green light for the construction of a cutting-edge water sports park in the Trojská Kotlina area. The ambitious project will transform the existing canoe slalom course in the area into a larger multi-purpose sports park with facilities that will cater to both professional athletes and the general public.

The new facility, set to occupy the banks of the Vltava River along Vodácká street, aims to fulfill multiple roles. In addition to being a competition venue and training ground for athletes that include Olympic gold medalist Jiří Prskavec, it will also open up a new opportunities for amateur enthusiasts.

The new site will feature enhanced infrastructure, including spectator stands, to create a dynamic environment for fans to engage with the events. The project also places emphasis on greenery and landscaping: by planting new trees and embracing a landscape park concept, the park will merge seamlessly with the river floodplain, offering visitors a serene and nature-oriented experience.

"I collaborated on the development of the project in 2010 as an architect, so my joy is twofold," says Prague Deputy Mayor Petr Hlaváček in a press release. "I am glad that the long-term interest of the people of Prague in this place and its natural use for sports and recreation has confirmed this intention over the years and resulted in further step in the development of this territory."

"A representative place to practice water sports at the highest level in Prague has so far been missing," adds Antonín Klecanda, Prague city councilor for sports and education.

"The channel will be used for training athletes in the canoe slalom, kayaking, and white-water rafting. There will also be space for leisure activities for us residents of Prague. I am glad that the Prague City Council approved the plan to build the park and thus proved that the program statement is not just a piece of paper, but a real plan."

The heart of the project is the creation of an entirely new arm of the Vltava river to accommodate a 12-meter-wide and 270-meter-long canoe channel. Designed to accommodate up to 1,255 spectators, it promises to be a state-of-the-art venue for water sports events.

The existing canoe slalom channel will remain operational during construction, with future plans for integration with the new channel.

Amenities such as cycle paths, pedestrian bridges, and a parking lot to cater to the diverse needs of visitors will also be constructed in the area. This multi-functional approach, blending sports, recreation, and culture, reflects Prague's commitment to fostering an inclusive and vibrant urban environment.

"This investment in the new slalom channel will not only increase the prestige of Prague among water sports lovers, but will also enable the city to host professional competitions that will attract visitors from different parts of the world," notes city councilor Zdeněk Kovářík.

"These events represent a financial stimulus for Prague and also mean indirect income for the city coffers."

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